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A Mysterious Piece of Russian Space Junk Does Maneuvers

estestvoispytatel It is probably business as usual (146 comments)

They used to launch satellites and then call them debries or test missions or something like this if they aren't behave well from Soviet times. It could be one of these satellites which responded in some limited way after launch, but guys at the mission control still tweaking with it.

about three weeks ago
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Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

estestvoispytatel Rather vice versa (197 comments)

Ukrainian coups (exactly two in 23 years) were unique and effective measure to stop typical for ex-USSR countries creeping into some sort of gulag. It's quite sad that almost every one of former Soviet republics (except Baltic states and maybe Georgia) has abandoned their checks and balances and early attempts to build functional free market rule of law democracies and went into 'strict power vertical' aka dictatorship of variable mildness. But not Ukraine. It's chaotic, yes, but free and democratic as hell.

about 2 months ago
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Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

estestvoispytatel Re: Communist revolution is needed (548 comments)

Oh good, slashdot is quite harsh with the cyrillic. I mean voluntary hunting society, okhotnichiy bilet and law on hunting of 1960.

about 7 months ago
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Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

estestvoispytatel Re: Communist revolution is needed (548 comments)

If you read in Russian, you should google , and 1960. In short, being a civilian in the USSR, you could get strictly a hunting rifle. There was no Castle doctrine, so you couldn't realistically use it for own protection. Such action would make yourself a criminal almost automatically. The registering process and regular checks were quite strict, and you were bound to sell or abandon weapons if you have failed to renew your license in term. Hunters were watched over quite carefully, and a case of bad behavior could make their license revoked (there was a kind of civil watch program in the USSR). The '10 in 100' number posted above seems not very realistic for me. In my own town of birth (with plenty of forests with sporting game around) there were less than a thousand of registered hunters out of the 130,000-strong population. Disclosure: my father was a hunter for a few years in 1970s, even before my birth, then get rid of his rifle.

about 7 months ago
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Russia's Dyatlov Pass Incident May Have Been Explained By Modern Science

estestvoispytatel Re:From Wikipedia (110 comments)

Of course, but I see a problem with statistics here: just 3 out of 9 persons in the group which I expected should die by freezing, have more or less 'natural' picture of injuries. Others have very heavy traumas — broken skulls, broken rib cages (not single ribs but entire cages), missing tongues etc. At least three of them couldn't move after being hit by lethal force — the death was instant or close to it. But not a single of them was found on the clear scene of such action, not under a big rock, not under a cliff and so on. It's strange when you expecting to find two broken ancles, three broken wrists, injured knees, bruised heads but have such a treasure trove of really heavy injuries.

about 10 months ago
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Russia's Dyatlov Pass Incident May Have Been Explained By Modern Science

estestvoispytatel Re:Yes, I read it before (110 comments)

The avalanche version is quite unrealistic— the terrain is actually low hills with gentle slopes, and the tent, of course, was erected on a flattest spot around. The 'tan' as far as I remember, was described not like a sun tan, but rather a reddish or purple dye, and I can remember the conclusion that it's because of thawing waters running through the rocks with inclusions of some dyeing minerals — so, nothing mysterious here. The traces of radioactivity on some clothes were documented in the materials of the investigation. The level was not very high but still significant to be detected with quite a crude device detecting just gamma rays (with no further analysis of contamination, so no data on which isotope was involved). Also you shouldn't forget that it was few months later, when isotopes were partially decayed and rinsed by water from the thawing snow. The investigation was closed a day or two later after that finding, so it could be actually the reason to stop the efforts (or just a coincidence). The thing is, at least one of the group was an engineer working for the absolutely secret facility producing nuclear bomb grade materials (Mayak in Chelyabinsk-40).

about 10 months ago
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Ukrainian Protesters Receive Mass Text Message Ordering Them To Disperse

estestvoispytatel Re:Why Ukraine is a mess (233 comments)

The divide between the parts of the country is not that big actually. As far as I remember, in the last more or less adequate poll before Yanukovich's U-turn about integration with the EU, the numbers were like 35% for joining the EU (as a strategic goal maybe 10 or 15 years later, not about the current agreement on association, which was nearly signed couple of months ago), 28 against, and the rest is undecided or not care about it. So, it's not the case of 90% in the East strictly for Russia, 90% in the West for the Europe, the difference between them is slightly more than 10%.

about 9 months ago
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Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

estestvoispytatel Checks and balances and automated killer robots (514 comments)

Probably I have an idea how to change public perception of this kind of robots. The initial batch should be deployed to oversee the government(s). Each public servant trying to knowingly act against the Constitution (not saying to usurp the power) should be executed automatically. The laws these days are written in quite formal language; any decent neural network will parse through them with minor troubles if any. I guess, such program could bring some public support to the idea.

about 10 months ago
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Russia Proposes Banning Foul Language On the Internet

estestvoispytatel Re:WTF? (239 comments)

There's no direct foul equivalent, but 'What the hell?' is 'Shtoh za cheeyort?' — it's quite mild btw.

about a year ago
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Hacktivism: Civil Disobedience Or Cyber Crime?

estestvoispytatel Re:MLK and friends went to jail as well (243 comments)

It's more complicated — those who practice civil disobedience are actually appealing to the higher instance: the social contract. If the state is not willing to walk along their part of the contract, citizens can proclaim yourself free from the law as well.

about 2 years ago
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Certain 'Personality Genes' Correlate With Longevity, Says Study

estestvoispytatel Re:Uh Oh. (72 comments)

It does not correlate well with the deaths by texting behind the wheel: these lucky people are obviously getting a lot of calls and messages - and by definition they can't ignore any of them, because, well, it could harm their social network as well as reduce degree of both optimism and easygoingness. But sure, they could always use their sense of humor and have a good laugh on poor bastard trying to call them instead of picking up the phone.

more than 2 years ago
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Star City and the Baikonur Cosmodrome

estestvoispytatel Re:Cold War (66 comments)

The modern Russia seems like a legit Soviet Union after some changes (like some Warsaw Pact countries *before* their velvet revolutions in 1990). They reused practically single-party parliamentary system (United Russia in place of the CPSU), a major presence of former elites in power circles, the General Secretary directly swapped with the President (even with the strange and embarrasing duality of the President and Premier Minister as in General Secretary and the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of old times), socially oriented economy with a huge amount of government presence, etc, etc, even leave many of major regalia in place or cosmetically modernized (like the state anthem and a body of Lenin). The old Soviet Union had a big troubles with the planned economy, which required constant manual fine tuning in almost every transaction inside economy. The amount of this kind of tuning grows with the complexity of production - so you can make some basic stuff like a bread, steel, coal, simple clothes, vodka, AK-47s very cheap and quick, but a hi-tech requires such a huge army of managers, they dwarfed the actual 'productive' workforce. A 'consumer-grade' goods were deemed not important enough and lacked oversight, therefore suffering from a bad quality, slow life cycle and shortages. The latter problem was solved in some Eastern-bloc countries with the elements of private property, allowed in a small-scale production, agriculture, construction, maintenance and so on. In the Soviet Union a similar measures were introduced with the Kosygin-Lieberman reforms of late 1960s, but they were stopped in their tracks as early as in 1971-1972, mainly due to a growing expenditures to a military and a fear of imminent political changes following the economical ones (cough.. Prague 1968 cough...) So, my idea is - you should count the modern days Russia not as a failed attempt to rebuild itself from scratch as a normal democratic country (played with a liberal values but rejected them), but rather as a core of the Soviet Union, slowly changing itself by the means of pre-1990 scenario of some Eastern-bloc countries and waiting for the own political velvet revolution.

more than 2 years ago
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Renaming the Very Large Array

estestvoispytatel GINVLA (176 comments)

= Ginvla Is Not Very Large Array.

more than 3 years ago
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Chain Reactions Reignited At Fukushima

estestvoispytatel Re:It might be worse than that. . . (234 comments)

Then your beaten outdated PWR will become a shiny IV gen molten salt reactor.

more than 3 years ago
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Former Senator Wants to Mine The Moon

estestvoispytatel Re:Why is this notable? (351 comments)

He3 production is not about mines, but rather a kind of harvester moving with the constant speed and heating top 15 to 60 cm of Lunar soil up to 600 degrees Celsius.

more than 3 years ago
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Forget Space Travel, It's Just a Dream

estestvoispytatel VASIMR and space-based nuclear on the way (542 comments)

Just a week ago I've seen the report on talks about cooperation between VASIMR's Ad Astra Rocket Company and some branch of Rosaviacosmos developing the Russian megawatt class space-based nuclear reactor. If they succeed, it will be your next level space drive.

more than 3 years ago
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Japan Battles Partial Nuclear Meltdown

estestvoispytatel Re:Considering ..... (769 comments)

You're ignoring the problem bigger than nuclear waste. Geothermal power plants releasing water vapor into the atmosphere, the greenhouse gas more potent than even carbon dioxide.

more than 3 years ago

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